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Plants need to stay covered overnight in Aberdeen

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Thursday's record cold temperatures hit Aberdeen, slowing the growing season for all plants. Flowers had to be covered.
"This year is totally random. We got all of our plants out, so it's totally odd for us to have to cover them right now," Shopko manager Rochelle Deilke said.

Early Thursday morning in Aberdeen it reached a record low of 23 degrees. For people who garden for a living, this poses a problem.

"I've seen it this cold before, but I have not seen it get as severe as it is now. Normally I can get my peas up, broccoli and cauliflower," Aberdeen gardener Thomas Perez said.

Perez is lucky that he has his own greenhouse. "I'm just kind of putting everything in frames into my green house, so I can pull it out when I need to," Perez said.

Right now at the Farmer's Market in Aberdeen there are a lot of canned goods. A few radishes, spinach and rhubarb from growers down South can be found, but locals say, it's nothing out of the ordinary.

"People around here don't usually plant until around Memorial Day. That way they can be sure the frost is finally done. We might get something that drops down, but then the ground is warm enough, it protects the plants," Perez said.

Perez says gardeners don't need to be worried about these cold nighttime temperatures. "A couple years ago it was pretty cold and I had everything in late, and I still had a pretty nice crop," Perez said.

Cold nights will continue, so plants should either be kept indoors or covered.
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